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Peninsula: All you must know about this South Korean action horror movie

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Peninsula

Peninsula is indeed a South Korean action horror heist movie directed by Yeon Sang-ho that will be released in 2020. This is a standalone sequel to the 2016 movie Train to Busan, and that it follows a former soldier and his squad as they attempt to recover a truck full of cash from the Korean peninsula’s wastelands, which are now home to zombies, renegade militia, and a family.

Peninsula was selected for the Official Selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, which had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On October 21, 2020, the movie was screened in the Panorama section of the 25th Busan International Film Festival.

On July 15, 2020, the movie was released in South Korea. It has made $42.7 million globally, but reviewers have given it mixed reviews.

In South Korea, a zombie epidemic emerges, and the government is overwhelmed in a single day. Captain Jung-Seok of the Korean Marine Corps transports his family on a ship. He passes a couple with a little girl on the way, but he ignores their cries for aid since the father is bleeding. Jung-family Seok’s board a ship where a zombie afflicted guy infects numerous individuals in a stateroom, including Jung-nephew Seok’s Dong-hwan. Because Jung-sister Seok’s will not leave Dong-hwan, Jung-Seok seals off the cabin as zombies attack her. As armed troops approach, Jung-Seok stops his brother-in-law Chul-min from entering.

South Korea has been quarantined by other countries to limit the spread.

Four years later, in Hong Kong, a guilt-ridden Jung-Seok, as well as Chul-min, are recruited by Chinese mobsters for a mission with two other Koreans to travel to South Korea and rescue a truck holding US$20 million, with the promise of receiving half of the money if they succeed. The squad gets on the peninsula by boat late at night and discovers the vehicle. The crew fends off and kills the zombie truck driver, causing additional zombies to appear. The squad flees when Jung-Seok shoots many of them.

On their route back to Incheon Port, the crew is assaulted by Unit 631, a renegade militia that utilises light to lure additional zombies, causing the squad’s vehicles to collapse. Chul-min hides in the vehicle when Jung-Seok is thrown out. The other members of the team are slain, one by the accident and the other by Sergeant Hwang of Unit 631. Jung-Seok is saved in a car by two sisters: Joon, a skilful driver who can manipulate and kill zombies, and young Yu-jin. They rejoin their grandfather Elder Kim and mother Min-jung in their hiding.

Jung-Seok is aware of the situation. He declined to aid Min-jung and Yu-jin four years ago since they were members of the family he refused to help.

However, Unit 631 drives the vehicle back to its base. They confine Chul-min and force him to participate in two-minute survival games against unarmed zombies. Private Kim discovers the money inside the truck as well as alerts Captain Seo, who calls the mobsters and devises a plan to flee the peninsula with the vehicle while keeping the scheme hidden from the rest of Unit 631. Meanwhile, Min-jung learns from Jung-Seok that the mobsters’ ship is ready to pick him up and the truck in Incheon Port. She chooses to steal the vehicle with her family and Jung-Seok in order to flee.

Jung-Seok as well as Min-jung attempt to steal the vehicle the following evening. Jung-Seok finds that Chul-min is alive while holding Private Kim at gunpoint, and interrupts a survival game to save him, killing numerous zombies as well as Unit 631 troops in the process. Sergeant Hwang murders Chul-min after he protects Jung-Seok from being bitten. Captain Seo is defeated by Min-jung, who saves Jung-Seok from Unit 631. In the vehicle, Min-jung and Jung-Seok attempt to flee the facility, but are stopped by zombies. Joon, Yu-jin, and Elder Kim use their automobile to distract the zombies and rescue the truck.

Unit 631 pursues the zombies with their vehicles, as zombies attack the humans. Sergeant Hwang is overpowered by zombies after the family and Jung-Seok successfully destroy the pursuing vehicles. Captain Seo, who was responsible for the death of Private Kim, ambushes the family at Incheon Port and kidnaps Joon. Yu-jin diverts Seo’s attention in order to rescue Joon. Elder Kim defends Yu-jin, but Seo fatally kills him, injures Min-jung in the leg, and flees to the ship with the truck. Seo is betrayed by the mobsters, who shoot him. Seo reverses the vehicle as he dies, enabling the zombies outside to enter the ship’s cargo hold and murder the mobsters.

A passing United Nations Chinook chopper is signalled by the family. Min-jung, who is injured, remains behind to create a route for Jung-Seok, Joon, and Yu-jin to get away from the zombies. They get safely at the helicopter, but United Nations forces refuse to assist Min-jung. Min-jung prepares to commit suicide while surrounded by zombies.

Jung-Seok recalls Chul-min telling him that he didn’t do everything he could to safeguard their family, and he feels compelled to assist Min-jung. Min-jung chooses to live, and with Jung-help, Seok’s she manages to flee the zombies. In a helicopter, the family, Jung-Seok, and the UN forces leave the peninsula.

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